Saturday 7 December 2019

Staunton sacked by doomed Darlington

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

STEVE STAUNTON was sacked as manager of Darlington after Saturday's miserable 2-1 defeat by Barnet in front of a record-low attendance for the doomed League Two outfit.

The Quakers were already adrift at the foot of the table when Staunton took control in October, but the Louthman has failed to lift the mood around the struggling north-east club and chairman Raj Singh took action after the poor turn-out at the weekend.

A mere 1,463 spectators turned up for the fixture.

After Saturday's reverse at the Northern Echo, Darlington now sit on just 16 points from 34 games -- and are 19 points away from safety.

"It's with regret that we're having to part company with another manager during what's been a forgetful season for us," said Singh. "But we felt we were left with no alternative after yesterday.

"The most disappointing side to yesterday was the attendance -- a record low crowd told us a lot. We desperately wanted things to work out for Steve, but it just clearly wasn't to be."

The cash-strapped club offered Staunton another chance at management following his catastrophic two-year reign in the Irish hot-seat which ended in October of 2007. He then spent a period as assistant manager at Leeds under Gary McAllister, but was out of work when the Darlington job popped up.

Before the Barnet game, the 41-year-old said there had been discussions with Singh as regards a new contract.

However, management and players were jeered off at the break as they trailed the Londoners by two goals in an error-strewn performance. They could have secured a point with an improved display after the interval, yet it was far too late to save the beleaguered manager.

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